A constellation of super PACs supporting the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has created a new entity that will highlight issues surrounding veterans.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry will lead the effort to recruit veterans to the group, Keep the Promise to Veterans, which registered with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. It will be a part of Keep the Promise, a group of super PACs supporting the Texas Republicans that has raised $41.9 million.
“We are excited to welcome Governor Perry and Keep The Promise for Veterans to help elect Ted Cruz our next President. Governor Perry’s voice on veterans issues will be a strong asset for Senator Cruz as the GOP nomination continues to unfold," Keep the Promise said in a statement. "Over the past few weeks, Keep The Promise leaders and Governor Perry have had good conversations about how best to work together. We look forward to supporting Perry’s efforts over the coming days.”
Perry has been acting as a surrogate for Cruz on the campaign trail and has appeared at rallies with the candidate.
Bloomberg News reported that Darwin Deason, a Dallas billionaire who has contemplated giving Cruz's super PACs money, has talked about funding the new group. It also reported that Marine veteran and medal of honor recipient Dakota Meyer and the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle will join the group.
At least eight independent groups are working to elect Cruz, a dynamic that has confused wealthy donors looking to support his candidacy.